The search resumed Wednesday morning for an East Setauket doctor who went missing while fly-fishing Labor Day at a Smithtown nature preserve, but by dusk he had still not been found, state park police said. The search was to resume Thursday morning.
Since late Monday, Suffolk County and state authorities at times used divers, off-road vehicles and a helicopter to search for Dr. Jerome Nadler.
Nadler, 76, parked his car to go fly fishing at the 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park Preserve on Monday but never returned to his vehicle, state park police said. Fourth Precinct officers canvassed residential neighborhoods near the park.
The search area includes a range of state parkland south of Jericho Turnpike and the adjacent Blydenburgh County Park, Capt. Bruce Marx, commander of the park police on Long Island, said. The park allows fly-fishing on its ponds and creeks, which feed the Nissequogue River.
Nadler is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds, wearing a blue shirt, khaki vest and waders.
Nadler has a heart condition, so park employees allowed him to drive along a paved road instead of walking to a fly-fishing area in the park between Old Willets Path and the Smithtown bull statue.
State medical profession records show Nadler was registered through July 2013, and first got his license on Sept. 20, 1966. He graduated in 1964 from medical school at the University of Geneva.
Anyone who may have seen Nadler is asked to call park police at 631-321-3700.
With Bill Mason